Fashion of the future

Eve feature on the latest creations by fashion students at Blackpool Sixth Form College. Laura McDonald puts the finishing touches to her papier mache dress, worn by Jasmin Isherwood.
Eve feature on the latest creations by fashion students at Blackpool Sixth Form College. Laura McDonald puts the finishing touches to her papier mache dress, worn by Jasmin Isherwood.
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HERE are some of the students from Blackpool Sixth Form College who could be the next generation of clothes designers.

We went to meet some of the budding fashionistas to see their colourful creations, which they came up with for self-set projects for their course.

It is the first time the college has offered the fashion course, and it has proved to be popular.

Diane Morrison, fashion textiles tutor, said: “These students are the first group to do our new course.

“We have run a successful course in textiles for a long time, but we felt there was a particular demand for a fashion course.

“I am really impressed with the creations they have come up with.”

Jess Steele, 18, created a beautiful flowing purple dress, in hand-dyed silk, along with some delicate Origami-style necklaces.

She said: “Dark purple is my favourite colour, and I love all things Japanese.

“The sakura – cherry blossom tree – is the national tree of Japan, so I took some inspiration from that. I decorated the dress with leaves and, along the bottom, made a skeleton design to look like the tree’s branches.”

Shelley Moore, 18, also in her final year, had created two matching pieces – one dress and one leotard, both in shiny spandex with matching quilted collars.

The 18-year-old said: “I wanted to do something based on sculpture or architecture and something space age.

“I wanted to accentuate the hips and neck to make them look feminine. I would love to one day go into fashion designing and create outfits for the catwalk or people like Rihanna or Lady Gaga. They would probably be the only ones brave enough to wear my stuff.”

Ashleigh Walmsley, 18, had created a pink dress as a wedding outfit.

She said: “We were working on a project based on weddings. I just tried different things and looked at different artists for inspiration. I wanted to create something based on flowers. The fabric I used was a silk cotton.

“It was quite difficult to cut, because it frays. I had to be really careful.”

And lower sixth student Lauren McDonald, 17, created a paper dress for a project for her AS level, entitled wearable art. “It is made completely from paper and then painted to give it a strong finish.

“It did take a few attempts. It was quite time-consuming to fold over all the individual pieces of paper to make the pleats.

“I wanted to create something which could be actually worn, although not for everyday wear. I think it would be difficult to bend over or sit down in! I had to make sure it was strong enough for someone to wear.”